The Big Ten Conference raked in $759 million in revenue for the 2018 fiscal year, an increase of nearly 50 percent from a year ago, according to the conference’s federal tax returns acquired by USA Today.
Thanks to astronomical television contracts, the conference’s schools received about $54 million each (sans Maryland and Rutgers, which took in less due to being newer members), It helps that the Big Ten continues to churn out national championships, though it hasn’t won a title in football or men’s basketball since 2014.
The conference is often considered the cream of the crop, and that held true in terms of gross revenue in 2018. The Southeastern Conference—home to the likes of Alabama, Florida and LSU—reported $660 million in revenue, just about $100 million less than the Big Ten. Both conferences have 14 members, unlike the Big 12, which has 10 members. Led by Texas and Oklahoma, the conference reported $374 million in revenue.
Commissioner Jim Delaney, whose term as the conference’s leader will conclude after 2020, was paid about $5.5 million in the 2017 calendar year, a conference record. It also makes him the highest-paid commissioner in college sports, narrowly edging out the Pac-12’s Larry Scott, who was reportedly paid $4.8 million in 2016.
The University of Maryland received a revenue share of $26.1 million from the Big Ten in the 2018 fiscal year, far lower than its peers in the conference. However, UMD received a loan of about $31 million from the Big Ten, which, when combined with the revenue share, makes it the highest-grossing school in the conference.
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Former Maryland offensive linemen Damian Prince and Derwin Gray are now teammates on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they made a big impact in Washington, D.C., in their college days.
On National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day we're reminded of @TerpsFootball OLs Derwin Gray and Damian Prince, who stayed home for school and served their Washington DC community:@Teamgrayy and @HeavyGleesh are now teammates on the @steelers: pic.twitter.com/arwMvooto5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) May 16, 2019